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When was the last time you showed your appliances a little love? With regular cleaning, filter replacements, and annual maintenance schedules, you’ll extend the life and efficiency of the machines you rely on. Here are a few machines that might need attention in your home.

First, read the owner’s manual. It will include maintenance schedules, recommended filters, and approved cleaning solutions. Don’t know where the manual is? Go to the manufacturer’s website.

Use the vacuum.  Dust and dirt reduce the efficiency of appliances. It’s a fairly easy process to remove grates of refrigerators and gas inserts for cleaning. A little dusting and vacuuming the coils and rocks will make them work better. Check with the manufacturer’s procedures for the best results. Make sure to turn off the gas and electricity before you begin. Remember to clean the vacuum filter when finished.

Clean the oven.  If you have a self-cleaning option, use it. Wipe away any loose debris first. The machine gets very hot and can be a 4+ hour process and smoky. You can take the door apart to clean the glass, but you run the risk of breaking a vital seal. I’ve read that it’s not a good idea, so I don’t.

Change the filters. Keep your appliances running smoothly by replacing or cleaning them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check your water, furnace, air conditioner, and dryer filters regularly.

This is a short list of appliances that need regular maintenance to run well and for a long time. Remember to check the owner’s manual first, and then get out the rubber gloves. You’ll be glad you did.


Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.